Immigration Law

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Groups Demand Release of Infants from Immigration Jails
Posted on 1 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, AILA, CLINIC Legal, Feb. 28, 2019 "We write to bring your attention to an alarming increase in the number of infants being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. As of today, there are at least nine infants under one year... Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

DHS OIG: 287(g) Expansion Suffers from Lack of Planning
Posted on 25 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Sept. 19, 2018 - "In the 14 months following the issuance of the January 2017 Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the 287(g) program rose from... Read More

Tags: 287(g) , oig , DHS , ICE

DHS OIG Faults ICE Detention Facility Inspections
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 26, 2018 - "ICE uses two inspection types to examine detention conditions in more than 200 detention facilities. ICE contracts with a private company and also relies on its Office of Detention Oversight for inspections. ICE also uses... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase: Matter of A-B- Being Misapplied by EOIR, DHS
Posted on 14 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, July 13, 2018 - "One month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his cruel, misguided decision in Matter of A-B- , we are seeing the first signs of how the decision is being implemented by the BIA, USCIS, and ICE. ... Read More

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...
Posted on 15 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority... Read More

American Citizen Sues DHS After Being Locked Up in Immigration Jail for 3.5 Years
Posted on 1 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A New York man is suing the Department of Homeland Security for detaining and seeking his deportation for three and a half years as immigration officers ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship. Davino Watson derived citizenship from his father... Read More

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE... Read More

Tags: inspections , detention , cbp , oig , DHS , ICE

More Than 16,000 International Students Affected by Dept. of Education Action
Posted on 17 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 14, 2016 - "On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision affects more than 16,000... Read More

DHS Notice: EADs for Certain Nepali Students
Posted on 9 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 216 / Monday, November 9, 2015 - "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship... Read More

Tags: f-1 , Nepal , students , earthquake , DHS , ICE

Advance COPY of ICE Notice Providing Relief to Certain Nepali F-1 Students
Posted on 6 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/09/2015 - Employment Authorization for Nepali F-1 Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of the April 25, 2015 Earthquake in the Federal Democratic... Read More

Tags: f-1 , Nepal , students , earthquake , DHS , ICE

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2013 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 4 Nov 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Report Faults Procedures for Issuance of NTAs | On October 22, 2013, the Center for Immigrants’ Rights at Pennsylvania State University Law School released a report criticizing various practices related to the issuance of Notices to Appear in... Read More

Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 22 Aug 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Administration Issues Additional Guidance Following Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling The State Department and Department of Homeland Security issued further guidance in August on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States... Read More

DHS' Extreme Digital Vetting of Foreign Visitors to the U.S. Moves Forward Under a New Name
Posted on 27 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

George Joseph, ProPublica, Nov. 22, 2017 - "The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of applicants and holders of U.S. visas. At a tech industry conference last... Read More

ICE Cannot Hold Criminal Defendant Who Made Bail, Judge Finds
Posted on 1 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrew Denney, New York Law Journal, Dec. 28, 2017 - "The government “simply cannot have it both ways” and keep an immigrant who faces criminal charges but who made bail in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal... Read More

Tags: bond , boutin , bail , irizarry , DHS , DOJ , ICE